|TRAINS & TRAVEL|
P.O. BOX 312
PORTOLA, CALIFORNIA 96122
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THE FEATHER RIVER RAIL SOCIETY OPERATORS OF THE
WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM IN PORTOLA TO FUND
ACTIVITIES FOR RAILROAD DAYS AND OTHER MUSEUM PROJECTS
We invite you to ride with us to Portola to join in on the fun and excitement at the 28th annual Portola Railroad Days Festival in the beautiful Feather River Canyon of the High Sierra. Travel onboard our private charter 14 car train departing from Emeryville with stops to pick-up passengers in Martinez, Davis and Sacramento. After departing Sacramento our train swings onto the former Western Pacific Route. This route has been used for freight only traffic since 1970. Only a few private charters have been approved to travel in the Feather River Canyon since then.
This will be the first time a charter train has run directly to Portola, for the annual Portola Railroad Days Festival. This three day tour is packed full of exciting fun for the entire family and the railfans wanting the unforgettable experience of traversing the Feather River Canyon. We are offering several classes of tickets for every budget with roundtrip fares starting at only $298 for adults and $148 for children. Come join the party!
Passengers in Pullman Sleeping car class will stay onboard the train that will be parked at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum during the Portola Railroad Days Festival. This will give these passengers full access to the festival and the museum grounds from their sleeping car. For passengers in all other ticket classes we are offering several options for local lodging, and transfers in the Portola-Graeagle area. Transfers to Reno are also being offered.
A PBS TV crew will be filming a segment of their popular and long running "Tracks Ahead" program. They will include the Portola Railroad Days Festival, Western Pacific Railroad Museum and will travel onboard our train August 20 Emeryville to Portola to capture this exciting train ride in the Feather River Canyon.
THURSDAY AUGUST 19: For those passengers arriving in the Bay Area today and need lodging we have a special group rate at the Woofin Suite Hotel. This is the closest hotel to the Amtrak Train Station. In fact there is even a walkway running over the tracks from the hotel to the train station. This special rate is available to all of our passengers on August 19 and August 22. The rate is $99 plus tax for a Traditional king and $119 plus tax for a one bedroom Suite. You must call the hotel directly to make your reservation. Be sure and mention that you want the Trains & Travel International group rate.
WOODFIN SUITE HOTEL
DAY 1 FRIDAY AUGUST 20: (Lunch included on board) The excitement and fun begins as you board our private charter train at Emeryville. We are scheduled to depart at 8:00AM. (Subject to change by the Railroad) You are welcome to board our excursion at Martinez, Davis or Sacramento. Departing eastbound from the Bay Area our train runs on the former Southern Pacific Route along water's edge of the San Francisco Bay with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. As we enter the Carquinez Strait and run under I-80, we will make a stop at Martinez to pick-up passengers. From here the rail route swings east over the Suisun Bay Bridge where you can get a great view of the US Navy's mothball fleet in Grizzly Bay. After leaving the Bay Area it is straight shot to Davis were we will again stop to pick-up passengers. Our last passenger stop will be Sacramento.
Shortly after departing Sacramento our train will swing onto the former Western Pacific Route and head north across the Sacramento Valley for Marysville and Oroville. After departing Oroville the rail line starts the climb in the High Sierra running around Lake Oroville. At one point we run over Lake Oroville on the West Branch and then travel through a series of tunnels running under Big Bend Mountain for several miles until we come out deep in the lower region of the Feather River Canyon . From this point our train makes its way in a northeast direction for the next 91 miles through three different regions of the rugged Feather River Canyon. A number of PG&E hydro dams and powerhouses can be seen from our train. We will pass through a total of 32 tunnels on our train journey today. Arrival in Portola is scheduled for 4:30PM. This is all freight only trackage; which very rarely sees a passenger train.
(SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION BY THE RAILROAD)
Upon arrival in Portola those passengers holding a Pullman Sleeping car ticket will be able to stay right onboard the train. Our train will be parked on the museum grounds next to the former Western Pacific workshops. This gives those passengers perfect access to all of the Portola Railroad Days Festival action on Saturday. Passengers in coach, dome and lounge class will be transferred to local motels, hotels and resorts within a 10-mile radius of Portola. For those passengers who want to go directly to Reno, we will provide a transfer option.
CARS IN THE FEATHER RIVER CANYON IN 2008 AND 2009
DAY 2 SATURDAY AUGUST 21: The 28th annual Portola Railroad Days Festival starts to gear up in the morning with special breakfast option offered by the Rotary Club before the Golden Spike Parade begins at 11:00AM. All of our passengers will be able to choose from a number of options today which will include local bus transfers from your motel to the festival and return. These special options will be posted on this page, as we get closer to Railroad Days. Over the years Railroad Days has become a very popular event . It draws folks from hundreds of miles to take part in a weekend of great family fun. It is a celebration of just how important the railroad is to the history and development of Portola.
The famous Western Pacific Railroad was the last transcontinental line to be built. Portola is a division point between East and West with all trains stopping here to change crews and motive power. Portola is home to a hand full of crews that work both directions over the famous "Feather River Route", now owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. UP took over the Western Pacific Railroad, in 1982.
In 1983 several former WP railroad employees founded the Feather River Rail Society. Their goal is to preserve the memories and significant equipment from the 100 year history of the WP, for future generations. The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located on the grounds of the old Western Pacific locomotive facility. The Western Pacific Railroad Museum now has one of the best collections of early diesel locomotives in the U.S.
The first Railroad Days event was held in August 1983, as a celebration of the railroad and the museum, and has been held annually since. We invite you to join us for a day of great family fun starting with the Golden Spike Parade in the morning. There will be endless activities the rest of the day for the entire family to enjoy.
**TRAIN RIDES AT THE RR MUSEUM**
**TRACK CAR SPEEDER RIDES**
**OPERATING MODEL RAILROAD DISPLAYS**
**CAB RIDES AT THE RR MUSEUM**
**CABOOSE RIDES AT THE RR MUSEUM**
**40 RAILROAD ENGINES ON DISPLAY**
**18 CABOOSES ON DISPLAY**
**OVER 100 RAILROAD CARS ON DISPLAY**
**RAILROAD FLEE MARKET**
**RAILROAD HISTORIC DISPLAYS**
**LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY**
**ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR**
**MONSTER TRUCK DISPLAYS & RIDES**
**CLASSIC CAR DISPLAYS**
**CHAINSAW ART DEMONSTRATION**
**NEVADA GUNFIGHTERS SHOW**
**WILD THINGS ANIMAL SHOW**
**CARNIVAL RIDES & FUN**
**GREAT FOOD & DRINK**
**IRON HORSE SPIKE DRIVING CONTEST**
**RAILROAD SLIDE PROGRAMS**
**RAILROAD ART DISPLAYS**
**STARS IN THE BARN EXTRAVAGANZA SHOW**
**UPPER FEATHER RIVER CANYON COUNTRY TOUR**
PORTOLA RAILROAD DAYS
There is so much to see and do in the Upper Feather River Canyon Country, which is in Eastern Plumas County. This is a beautiful region of the High Sierra in Northern California with exciting activilies for the entire family. We have listed a number of interesting links to points of interest in this area. We invite you to click on these links and take a peak at this spectacular area of Northern California.
100 YEARS AGO
LAKE OROVILLE TO PORTOLA
OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 1, 2009
DAYS FESTIVAL IN PORTOLA
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
DAY 3 SUNDAY AUGUST 22: (Lunch provided onboard) Early morning transfers from the motels back to the railroad yard in Portola to board our charter train. Our train is scheduled to depart Portola at 8:00AM for the return journey Westbound through the Feather River Canyon and back to the Bay Area. The scheduled arrival back in Emeryville is 4:45PM.
(SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION BY THE RAILROAD)
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